Usually, just the thought of a new pair of mountaineering boots would make my feet ache, but that is not the case with the Lowa Alpine Pro GTX. These boots were comfortable straight out of the box.
Reviewed by: Amy Stevens (banner photo © Cody Tuttle)
The Alpine Pro GTX has been designed by professionals to take on any technical and precise route, not just solely alpine treks. However, the form-fitting support and outer-rigidity of this particular design is perfect for those technical spots where you want to feel both connected and stable with the rock just beneath your boots.
The overall sleekness and lightweight feel may remind you of a summer-only boot, however, this is not the case. This boot is designed for both cold and tough terrain, as well as longer more serious trekking and backpacking adventures. They absolutely measure up to any level of adventure in mud, rock, ice, or snow, and keep you warm in the process.
As all outdoor enthusiasts know, long approaches in new, stiff boots usually means numb, painful, and sometimes even raw feet, but the Alpine Pro GTX were up to the task of being exceptionally comfortable on flat, uneven, and steep terrain. A well-built boot that I can trust to remain durable on extremely technical terrain is something I haven’t been able to find until Lowa. The combination of resilience and design of this boot makes it superior to its competitors in both comfort and function.
One of my favorite features of the Alpine Pro GTX line is the Lowa Flex lace system. It is incredibly easy to adjust, and gently locks into place without having to readjust throughout the day. This ability to adjust on the fly is key when using gaiters, crampons, or even bulky gloves. As a guide, there are many specifications of this boot I find dreamy, but I am especially taken by its weight, which comes in just under three-and-a-half pounds. This creates yet another level of comfort in its design since I am able to wear the Alpine Pro GTX’s miles longer than any other boot I’ve ever sported.
The GORE-TEX lining and abrasion resistant materials create an invincible water barrier for river crossings or snow fields, while simultaneously wicking away any inside moisture, making this the perfect multi-seasonal boot. The Vibram Alp Trac sole creates remarkable traction on a variety of surfaces including wet rocks and snow-covered grass. The wrap around rubber creates a solid protective layer against usual wear and tear, making these boots extremely durable and lasting much longer than its competitors.
For $425.00, these high-end, low profile, high-performance, lightweight boots are the perfect minimalist choice for anyone looking to challenge themselves in high alpine environments and overcome various types of terrain without ever changing mountaineering boots.
I have always been a big fan of the fit and design of Lowa boots and these are no exception. These boots are well worth the cost and will deliver a high performance alpine boot that will meet your next mountain adventure expectations.
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